Exer Urgent Care Offers COVID-19 Antibody Tests In La Cañada

Nicole Charky

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA — Exer Urgent Care in La Cañada is offering antibody testing for COVID-19.

The FDA-authorized antibody test detects the presence of the virus through a blood sample and identifies patients who have been exposed to or recovered from COVID-19.

"This is the next step in understanding this virus and providing our communities with the highest level of testing," Dr. Brian Wilbur, Chief Medical Officer with Exer Urgent Care, told Patch.

People who are interested in receiving an antibody test must receive a referral through Exer’s VirtualCare portal or at an Exer clinic, Wilbur said. After a referral is received, patients will be directed to visit their local Exer clinic to proceed with antibody testing and will receive their results about 24 to 48 hours later.

"For patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and shortness of breath, a nasal swab test is still the current gold standard for diagnosis," Wilbur told Patch. "Nasal swab tests are available at all Exer Urgent Care locations with a referral through Exer’s VirtualCare portal or at an Exer clinic."

For the most effective results, the antibody testing must be conducted a minimum of 10 days after infection or exposure, according to an Exer news release.

"This helps ensure sensitivity and produces more accurate results. Results are received within 24-48 hours after testing and Exer notifies patients apprising them of their results and recommends next steps," according to a news release.

“With this new antibody testing, we have the ability to identify people who have been exposed to
COVID-19 and may not have experienced associated symptoms,” Wilbur said. “We’re taking the next steps in understanding this virus and providing our patients with the highest level of testing in efforts to keep them healthy and aware.”

There are 16 clinic locations, including Calabasas, Camarillo, Canyon Country, Culver City, La Cañada Flintridge, Manhattan Beach, Newbury Park, Northridge, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, Sherman Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, West Hills, Westlake Village and Westwood.

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This article originally appeared on the La Cañada Flintridge Patch